Happy Adele Day!
... or is it?
On Tuesday, just hours ahead of Adele's two-night U.S. tour kickoff in St. Paul, Gov. Mark Dayton declared July 5, 2016, Adele Day in Minnesota. The ceremonial decree, posted below, praised the U.K. pop superstar's 10 Grammy awards and inspirational power. No citizens were harmed; state government plodded along unabated.
Similarly, nothing disastrous happened on May 23. That's when Dayton declared Beyoncé Day. But you wouldn't know it based on the unhinged outrage that boiled and festered in comment sections around the metro. People were very mad — at Dayton and especially at, for some reason, Beyoncé.
"I have never in my life been so embarrassed to be from Minnesota," read one Facebook comment that attracted more than 5,000 "likes," presumably zero of which coming from people who are aware of this.
Early test samples suggest this harmless PR stunt isn't going over well, either. Most of the Adele/Bey critiques reflect some variation on the following:
- She's not even from here!
- Plus, what has she ever done for people from here?
- Shouldn't those clowns at the capital be fixing [insert complicated, unrelated issue]?
- What about [veterans/farmers/notary publics/any other group deemed more important than entertainers]?
- What about Prince Day?!
- Beyoncé sucks!
- Adele sucks!
- Dayton sucks!
- And, with regard to the Beyoncé Day reaction, surplus white discomfort with an outspoken and proud black artist.
Our editorial position? None of this warrants more than a quick smile or shrug; "Day" dedications are silly, fun distractions, not metaphors for deep-seated societal incompetence — where is your rage really coming from? Let us know in the comments!